Same (?), a. [AS. same. adv.; akin to OS. sama, samo, adv., OHG. sam, a., sama, adv., Icel. samr, a., Sw. samme, samma, Dan. samme, Goth. sama, Russ. samui, Gr. , Skr. sama, Gr. like, L. simul at the same time, similis like, and E. some, a., -some. &root;191. Cf. Anomalous, Assemble, Homeopathy, Homily, Seem, v. i., Semi-, Similar, Some.]

1.

Not different or other; not another or others; identical; unchanged.

Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Ps. cii. 27.

2.

Of like kind, species, sort, dimensions, or the like; not differing in character or in the quality or qualities compared; corresponding; not discordant; similar; like.

The ethereal vigor is in all the same. Dryden.

3.

Just mentioned, or just about to be mentioned.

What ye know, the same do I know. Job. xiii. 2.

Do but think how well the same he spends, Who spends his blood his country to relieve. Daniel.

Same is commonly preceded by the, this, or that and is often used substantively as in the citations above. In a comparative use it is followed by as or with.

Bees like the same odors as we do. Lubbock.

[He] held the same political opinions with his illustrious friend. Macaulay.

 

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